Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Re: Gear Stick Operation
It seems to me that if the clutch was sticking on splines that would affect all gear changes.
Is the awkwardness to use particularly in 3rd and 4th more like the gear lever being stiff to move from left to right and not kind of springing to the 3rd / 4th plane?
If so, I had been putting up with this for a year and got around to doing something about it last week.
I don't know which part of my work helped but here is what I did.
I had to take the maf and inlet pipe out of the way of the linkage to the gearbox and lifted the coolant expansion tank away too. When you do that you can see the cables from the box and how they enter the mechanisms on the top of the box.
One of the cables could be moved easily from the gearbox end and was the one that peering in through the windscreen I could see moving the lever frontwards and backwards.
The other cable connected onto a connector plate and then to a shaft that moved through a bushing. I undid the nut on the other end of this shaft and removed the shaft, cleaned it up with emery and regreased it all with anti seize copper grease.
Then I reassembled the mechanism to find the stiffness remained.
I then went to the gearlever itself and carefully removed the leatherette surround etc. I couldn't see anything wrong here but could feel that it was still stiff moving left to right. And I could see that this left to right was transferred to a push pull on the same cable (that was in question at the gearbox end) Not able to see anything wrong I resorted to the last resort. A liberal spray of WD 40 onto the gearlever ball and this bit that connected to the cable. I put it all back together.
A day later I noticed that when going from 2nd to 3rd I did not need to actively guide the lever across, it just moved forward and across in a more natural way.
So I fixed it (I hope) but don't know which part of the above saga did the trick